The modules are reviewed in response to feedback from GWO members and 2020 workplace data from G+ which places manual handling incidents in the top three most reported injury processes.
We are pleased to announce updates to the GWO Basic Safety Training (BST) standard, as the First Aid and Manual Handling modules have been amended following review.
A GWO working group reviewed the training standard modules in multiple workshops and several online meetings between December 2021 and March 2022. The review comes in response to feedback from GWO members and to G+ data, showing that manual handling incidents are the single largest category of lost workday injuries, the majority of which are associated with musculoskeletal (back) injuries.
The First Aid module review builds on over 8 years of experience of GWO First Aid training, and aims to revise and reduce the course duration, without compromising the learning outcomes.
Jakob Bjørn Nielsen, COO at GWO, explains: “First Aid training is one of the most practiced modules in our Basic Safety Training. With almost 10 years’ experience, we have been able to finetune the module, allowing the same learning outcomes to be achieved in a significantly shorter training duration – this is appealing to employers who will be able to save resources, and technicians who will have less repeated themes within training.”
Christian Munck Jørgensen, GWO Project Manager, adds “It’s always important to update and review training standards on a continual basis. When the data suggests that incidents related to certain modules are on the rise – we must analyse the training need and act accordingly. We hope the updates to our Manual Handling module will reduce the number of back injuries, keeping the workforce safe.”
Read the full reviewed modules for Manual Handling and First Aid here
Over 100 community colleges teach wind turbine technician programs in North America. One GWO training provider, Safety Technology (STL) USA is moving quickly to offer a new pathway into work for college students.
EDF Renewables North America (EDFR) is the latest addition to the growing list of GWO training providers in the US market.
The next generation of wind turbine technicians were placed front and centre at GWO’s Safety & Training Forum, as training providers and employers debated the best approach to onboard thousands of new people.
Standard increases safety around supervised, infrequent WTG visitors.
Specialized safety training highlighted as a significant gap for offshore wind construction and O&M; More GWO Sea Survival training will be needed to safely deliver on the 30GW 2030 target; Companies will need to guide new technicians and rapidly deploy full-scope training for them to keep up with the hastening pace of construction activity.
Among the provisions for version 11 are: a definition of non-conformity, further provision related to GWO’s Auditor Qualification Training, clarification on the qualification process for GWO auditors, criteria for defining multi-site training providers as well as specific requirements for their certification such as the production of an internal audit plan.